This anonymous interview is with a job hunter who is currently employed (even if part-time or in an unrelated field), has not been hired within the last two months, and has been looking for a new position for more than 18 months. This person is looking in academic, archives, library vendors/service providers, and public libraries, at the following levels: entry level, requiring at least two years of experience.
This job hunter is in an suburban area in the Midwestern US and is willing to move
within the state.
Do you expect to see salary range listed in a job ad?
√ Other: Yes, but I don’t assume there’s something wrong if it’s not
What’s your routine for preparing an application packet? How much time do you spend on it?
I’ve been applying for work on and off for the last two years, so for some jobs it only takes me an hour or so to check out the library’s website, write a cover letter and make sure my resume speaks to the position’s requirements. That’s for a public library (where my background is stronger). For academic libraries (sort of a new direction for me) it takes me a little longer to peruse the library and school’s website because I feel like I have to look at more information before I’m ready to write a well-tailored cover letter and adjust my resume.
Have you ever stretched the truth, exaggerated, or lied on your resume, or at some other point during the hiring process?
When would you like employers to contact you?
√ To acknowledge my application
√ To tell me if I have or have not been selected to move on to the interview stage
√ Once the position has been filled, even if it’s not me
How do you prefer to communicate with potential employers?
√ Phone for good news, email for bad news
Which events during the interview/visit are most important to your assessment of the position (i.e. deciding if you want the job)?
√ Meeting department members/potential co-workers
What do you think employers should do to get the best candidates to apply?
Be as clear and open about everything: the requirements of the position, the working environment and compensation. Every bad work situation I’ve been in has involved poor communication, rather through disorganization or willful withholding of information. On the other hand, most of the good work situations and all of the great ones have been very clear in their communications about expectations.
What do you think is the secret to getting hired?
I wish I knew 😦
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